Donations Needed – Fall Festival at SSCA!

The Fall Festival is only two weeks away: and we need your help! Below are a list of the items we need to make this SSCA possible:

Please Donate: Recycled Uniform Donations
When: Drop off from Tuesday, October 9 until Wednesday, October 17
Where: Drop off in the After School area – box labeled ‘Recycled Uniform Drive.’

If you’ve got any uniform items that no longer fit your child, here’s a great way to clean out your closet!
They’ll be used for the Fall Fest’s Uniform Table where you can purchase gently used items for a free will donation (suggested $1 per item).
Bring in any of the following: shirts – white collared shirts or maroon polos, jumpers, skirts, pants, shorts, maroon gym uniform pieces, SSCA outwear.

Please Donate: Non-Perishable Items
When: Drop off from Monday, October 15 until Thursday, October 18
Where: Drop off in the After school area – box labeled ‘Fall Fest Donations’– Juice boxes, canned drinks (soda, seltzer), bottled water, single serving sized chips and pretzels.

Please Donate: Perishable Items
When: Drop off after 12pm on Friday, Oct 19
Where: Drop off in the After school area – box labeled ‘Fall Fest Donations.’ Please consider donating food for the Festival‘s very popular grill area: Hot Dogs, Hamburger Patties, Cheese. Generous donations like these make the festival hugely successful.
We greatly appreciate any donation you’re able to make!

If you are planning on donating, please sign up here. This will help the PA anticipate what will need to be purchased ahead of time. You can also use this site to sign up to volunteer for a shift during the festival. Each person who works a shift will receive FIVE free tickets as a thank you. Please volunteer if you’re able!

Questions? Please email Chari Corpuz (mom to Jocelyn 3B and Risa KA) at chari_corpuz@yahoo.com.

Got a chili recipe everyone loves? Register for The Annual Chili Cook Off! Winner receives 25 tickets to next year’s Fall Fest (what better way to defend your title?) and… a special prize! We need a minimum of 10 entries, so please ask your friends to compete or feel free to submit more than one entry.

Registration opens Wednesday, Oct. 10 and ends on Wednesday, Oct. 17. All chili is to be prepared and ready to eat ahead of the Festival. Chili drop off is from 11:45 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the grilling area with the Food Crew.

Voting will be done by the tasters! Each person who wishes to participate in the sampling and voting will purchase 5 tickets that will allow for 5 samples of any of the chili offered along with 3 ballots. Tasters will cast their ballots in jars marked with the number corresponding to the different chilis.

To enter the chili cook off or for more info, please email Chari chari_corpuz@yahoo.com.

Letter from the Principal – November

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Dear SSCA Families,

It is difficult to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us! The children have settled into their routines and the school year is off to a successful start. There have already been several events and programs that our school community has enjoyed.

We had a wonderful Fall Festival in October. Families enjoyed games, rides, crafts, baked goods, and a chili cook-off. We thank all of our volunteers for their time and commitment, without them this event would not have been possible. In early November we enjoyed Grandparents/Special Persons Day. Our students loved spending time with their cherished family members and friends and showing them their classrooms. Heritage Night, also in November, was an opportunity for our 7th Grade students to present projects about the cultural history of their families. This was a culmination of work that began over the summer.

Both Nursery classes have been developing their social and emotional skills by starting their day together in the gym and making new friends, which was very evident in the Friendsgiving they hosted last week. Pre-K has been taking community walks as part of their study of their local surroundings. They have also been observing the changes that come with the seasons. Kindergarten went on a field trip to Green Meadows Farm to learn about the season of autumn. They were also able to interact, observe, and learn about animals on a working farm.

Our students have also been actively participating in several exciting programs. In 1st Grade, students have been enjoying weekly trips to the Farmer’s Market in Bartel-Pritchard Square. They have been purchasing fruits and vegetables and learning about the concept of farm-to-table. Our 2nd Grade students continue to benefit and build confidence from the Swim for Life program at the Prospect Park YMCA. Dr. Annie Hauck-Lawson, a Saint Saviour Elementary School graduate, returns to our 3rd Grade with Brooklyn Mompost for her second year. Students are learning about their environment, composting, and the natural world around them.

In our upper grades, our 4th – 5th Grades are participating in Stages on the Sound. Students meet each week with two amazingly talented actors who have been guiding them in the artistry of creating. The culmination of the 4th Grade work will be presented in the form of a documentary and the 5th Grade will present movies. In music our 5th – 8th Grade students are composing original music with the Young Composers and Improvisers Workshop (YCIW). Look out for additional information on their concert in the Spring! Our 6th – 8th Grade Physical Education enrichment program with the Park Slope Armory YMCA offers our students a track and field/sports sampler. We are also happy to announce the return of Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Basketball with a 6th Grade boys and 6th/7th Grade girls team. Our hope is to expand the program next year. Feel free to come cheer on our teams, their schedule can be found on our online calendar.

Looking ahead we have many great events coming up!

  • Breakfast with Santa is at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 3rd in the Parish Hall. Thank you to those who have donated their time to the event and/or to the amazing raffle baskets.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, December 7th. We look forward to discussing your children’s progress, additional details will be provided.
  • Christmas Concert is at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 15th in the Church of Saint Saviour. All parents are welcome to come see what our 1st – 8th Grade students are learning as well as performances from our choruses and band.

Our Annual Fund letters were sent out earlier this month. We ask you to consider making a donation, any and all gifts accepted, to our Academy, which will help us continue all of the great traditions and programs we offer. If you did not receive a letter and would like to donate please contact Mr. Julian at jparhamsantana@sscaparkslope.org.

Sincerely,

Susan Walsh
Principal

Fall Festival / Chili Cook-Off 2016!

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It is almost time for our Fall Festival! We will have lots of games, activities, rides, and food. It is a great family event for all ages and all are welcome, so do not miss out! We will also be holding a chili cook-off, see guidelines below.  If interested in purchasing advance tickets or participating in the chili cook-off please complete the Fall Festival/Chili Cook-Off Flyer and send it to the Front Office.

When: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: 7th Street between 8th Avenue & Prospect Park West

Food and game tickets will be on sale at the event, but advance tickets are also available for purchase until Thursday, October 13th. See pricing below.

25 Tickets: $20.00
50 Tickets: $40.00

Chili Cook-Off Guidelines:
• Entry form must be submitted by Friday, October 7th
• Chili must be homemade and served in a large electric roaster/crock-pot with ladle
• You may enter one chili from 11:15 – 11:45 AM in SSCA Parking Lot on 7th Street
• 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place prizes awarded between 2:00 – 2:30 PM based on judges’ votes